Action from Epicenter 2019 continues on Wednesday. There are also some quality CS:GO teams playing in the Champions Cup. We take a deeper look into the reasons to back some of these teams.
Evil Geniuses (1.34)
Odds of 1.34 for Evil Geniuses is a tad low, considering Forze are a solid team. However, the disparity in skill is palpable. Evil Geniuses have gone through a run of fine form towards the second half of 2019, which has included a few title wins. That has seen them rise to No. 5 in the world currently. At one point, EG made their way to the No. 1 ranking. Brehze, Cerq and Ethan all average more than 0.70 kills per round in the last three months, which holds them in good stead from an offensive standpoint.
After Virtus.pro signed on the Avangar roster, there is plenty of promise and even a top-10 ranking looming. However, that may not happen so quickly with chemistry and fluency a plausible issue. Mousesports will have to tackle Jame, Avangar’s star player. But they also have plenty of might of their own, led by star player Ropz, who averages a stunning 0.79 kills per round in the last few months. Frozen is in good touch as well.
Mousesports have won their last four games on the bounce, including best-of-three wins against G2 and OG. Virtus.pro have lost four of their last five. Mousesports also own the head-to-head, with six wins in eight maps.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (2.06)
Furia are the undoubted favourites in this game. However, there are plenty of factors to look at that are not in Furia’s favour. They are short of form, having lost their last four matches. And they don’t exactly own the map match-up against a solid and steady Tyloo team, who are ranked 22 in the world. Tyloo are no pushovers, especially in Dust2, Inferno, Train, Overpass and Vertigo. Chances are that Tyloo will win at least one map. So will Furia. As a result, the maps total should head over two.
Movistar Riders might have had a chance if this was a best of one. But in a best-of-three encounter, ENCE are too strong and confident, with an experienced roster of players. ENCE are ranked 12 in the world, while Movistar are the No. 30 team globally. In their recent run that included three wins in four matches, ENCE have victories against Mousesports and MIBR. That morale will help tremendously in this match-up as well.